HIGHLIGHTS AND SITUATIONAL OVERVIEW
According to UNHCR, an estimated 125,266 Ivorian refugees have arrived in Liberia since November 2010. Some 81,540 Ivorian refugees had been registered under a rapid emergency registration process conducted between 24 February and 1 April 2011. However, this figure may include more than one registration as a result of movement of some refugees between Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. So far, 43,726 refugees have been individually registered. It is estimated that close to 14,000 Ivorians crossed into Liberia's south eastern Grand Gedeh County between 21 and 31 March as a result of increased fighting in Côte d'Ivoire which shifted toward the south of the country and to the commercial capital Abidjan. On 30 March, some 2,000 Ivorian refugees crossed into Grand Gedeh through the Tempo border point. Most of the refugees are in Tanzon, Gbarzon and Tchein districts. There are now more than 30,000 Ivorian refugees in Grand Gedeh. Some 200 Ivorians crossed into Loguato in eastern Nimba County in the past week. However, there is a general decrease in movement along the border in Nimba County
Response to refugee influx in Grand Gedeh:
Additional staff have been deployed to Grand Gedeh County. 17 additional registration officers have been recruited and deployed to assist with the rapid registration process. Several public buildings (except schools) have been made accessible by Government of Liberia, County Administration and community officials to serve as temporary accommodation for refugees. Additional tents have also been transported to Grand Gedeh County. High energy biscuits are being distributed to refugees in Grand Gedeh, while mobile health clinics are being organized by MSF-H.